Police have received election duty allowances not bribes – IGP debunks claims

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh has debunked claims that police have been bribed by the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) ahead of the general elections.

The flag bearer of opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC), former PresidentJohn Dramani Mahama alleged during one of his campaign tours that President Akufo-Addo has bribed the entire Police Service with a disclosed amount just to win their votes.

Speaking during one of his campaign tours Mr. Mahama said, “all he has now is try and buy the election and so they’re spending monies as if there is no tomorrow. I just learned from a group of police officers that they’ve paid monies into their accounts, all police officers because they know that they have destroyed the morale of the Ghana Police Service. Today Ghana Police Service don’t have the confidence and courage they used to have before”.

However, the IGP speaking in an interview has said that the allegations made by NDC presidential aspirants are false and should be disregarded.

Mr. Oppong Boanuh said those monies were now being paid directly into the officers’ accounts, unlike previous times when they were paid on tabletops which could be subject to abuse and other short changes.

He said the monies were GH¢100.00 a day for five days and that the extra Gh¢100.00, which made up the total of Gh¢600.00, was intended to be used by the officers to sew their uniforms, which had been distributed to them, but were not sewn due to the consignment of uniforms arriving late, making it impossible for tailors of the Service to sew.